Germany Secret Service HQ Nazi Swastika ‘Disturbing Floor Plan’ Not Real

February 15, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A viral photo that’s going around is saying that Germany’s new secret service–the Bundesnachrichtendienst–headquarters is shaped like a swastika, but that’s not real.

The photo is an altered version of an aerial shot of the new headquarters. The original photo was manipulated to look like a swastika and it was shared widely on Twitter and Facebook.

“What was the architect thinking? Disturbing floor plan of Germany’s new secret service HQs,” reads one Tweet.

It includes a link to a New York Times report that doesn’t work.

There is no New York Times report on the matter.

“In the original photo, the ‘swastikas’ in the fake photo above are gone. The building shown is the new Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service, or BND) headquarters in Chausseestrasse in Berlin. You can see it for yourself on Google maps, as seen below, or view the building’s website here,” reads a post from Wafflesatnoon, a hoax-debunking website.

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